1 DECEMBER 2019
“It is difficult to see any circumstance in which there would be a need to conceal a knife as a credit card.”
JAN Trust CEO, Sajda Mughal, spoke to the Evening Standard about the dangers of the online sale of blades that can be disguised as credit cards. JAN Trust works to combat youth violence including knife crime by travelling to schools to educate students.
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Knife crime charities slam online retailer for selling blades disguised as credit cards to 'impress friends with'
Charities have slammed an online retailer for selling a knives disguised as a credit cards which says people can "impress friends" with.
The knife, which is available to buy on Amazon for around £30, measures just over eight by five centimetres and fits in most standard wallets.
But in a few simple manoeuvres, a stainless steel blade can be produced with the edges folding down to form a handle.
It comes as police issued a warning to teachers and door staff to be “extra vigilant” about the contraption, after officers seized similar items from young people.
A spokesman for the online retailer told the Standard that it follows regulations regarding knife sales and the product requires age verification on the delivery.
Charity Jan Trust, which runs an anti-knife programme, said what is more worrying than the concealing nature of the gadget is the seller’s description of the knife, which reads: “FANCY- impress your friends by pulling out a credit card and transforming it into a knife.”
CEO Sajda Mughal OBE said: “This description makes it clear who they are trying to appeal to – impressionable young people.
“This is dangerous. It is difficult to see any circumstance in which there would be a need to conceal a knife as a credit card.”
Ms Mughal said more efforts on tackling knife crime should be employed to get to the bottom of why young people carry weapons.
The Ben Kinsella Charity also expressed concern that the knives are too easy to buy online.
“It is shocking to see that these concealed knives which are designed to mane or kill are readily available to purchase online,” a spokesman for the charity said.
“These knives are clearly designed to avoid detection by the police and security staff.
“This increases the risk of knives being smuggled into nightclubs, pubs and even schools."
The Ben Kinsella charity added that it is “high-time” sanctions that restrict the sale of blades on the high street should be applied to online retailers.
West Mercia Police have confiscated credit card knives from young people and are warning the public to "be aware of the product”.
The force’s serious and violent crime co-ordinator, Sergeant Lou Hickman said: "At first glance it looks like a credit card holder with a card inside, however, when you open it up there is a substantial blade inside with the ‘card’ folding into a handle.
"The blade is around three inches and if it was used could cause serious injury, or worse.
“It’s obviously been designed to be undetected and can easily fit into a pocket but I really would urge parents, teachers, carers, even security guards and door staff to be aware and extra vigilant.
“We know that if someone carries a knife they are more likely to get stabbed themselves and are determined to do all we can to stop young people from becoming involved in knife crime and want to warn people about the credit card knife so they know what to look out for.”
An Amazon spokesman said: “We follow all regulations in relation to the sale of knives and require age verification on delivery of age-restricted items.”
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